In her program notes, Director Nadia Tass references the careful balance that Playwright David Williamson creates between gravity and humour. With that in mind, SORTING OUT RACHEL at the Ensemble Theatre is a play somewhat of your own making. On one level, it is a funny, moving and modern take on familial matters. Yet big issues insert themselves into the viewing and those themes are there for the taking. Continue reading SORTING OUT RACHEL: DECEPTIVELY DOMESTIC
Dame Leonie Kramer was a trailblazer for women in the world of academia and commerce. She was the first female Professor to be appointed the Chair of Literature at Sydney University, she was the first female Chancellor in Australia, and she was the first female Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Commission.
A State Memorial celebrating her life was held at the Verbrugghen Hall at the Sydney Conservatorium Of Music on Monday 27 June 2016.
Amongst the attendees were the New South Wales Governor, retired General David Hurley, former Prime Minister John Howard accompanied by his wife Janette, Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and current Chair of the ABC, Mr Jim Spiegelman.
In addition to moving reminiscences from her children and grandchildren, an especially moving tribute was delivered by former Governor and current Chancellor of Sydney University, Professor Marie Bashir.
Highlights of the Service included readings from Cymbeline, The Tempest, and Credo recited by John Gaden, and a performance from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Gondoliers There Lived A King performed by David Hidden, Justice Peter Hidden and Judge Robert Cameron, accompanied by Sophie Spargo.
Dame Leone Kramer was innovative in that she was one of the first lecturers to invite Australian authors such as Les Murray and James McAuley to attend her lecturers and talk to the students, which excited them greatly.
When China began to open up to the world, amongst the first students to study overseas were nine Chinese students who were supervised by Dame Leone in the study of Australian literature. As a result there are a number of English faculties studying Australian literature throughout China. A tribute from The Gang Of Nine, as they were known, was read by Mr Yu Zhang.
UNindian is an uplifting Australian made Bollywood film directed by Anupam Sharma, written by Thushy Sathi, lensed by Martin McGrath and and marks the feature film debut of Aussie fast bowling legend Brett Lee.
The film finds Lee a little out of his element as an actor, but nevertheless he makes a fair impression of a likable and laid-back if somewhat stereotypical Aussie male.
This entertaining film has toned down the features that are characteristic of Bollywood extravaganzas and in doing so has introduced some thoughtful insights on lives caught between two cultures. Continue reading UNindian
A visit to the Allen House Rehabilitation Clinic is an amusing and entertaining experience. The clinic staff welcomes us and informs us that the Prime Minister will be arriving shortly and we are left to wander around the clinic observing the lame and predictable craft activities and diversional therapies provided for the patients. Fortunately a patient shows the way downstairs and assures us we will have more fun there, away from the nurses. Downstairs, the slightly delusional Frankie (Nicola Darcy) welcomes us to her political campaign launch with the perfectly reasonable platform of happiness and smiles.